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The link to the left...??
I was thinking my other left >.< but she/he will see the link :-)
Start with the link to the right labeled Definition of Abstract. After you read the little bit that is there, go to Purposes for Abstracts. After reading that short paragraph, click on Types of Abstracts link and then click Descriptive Abstract. Read that and then click on the link Example descriptive abstract. If you need help after you finish, let us know
@ Doodle Tech... I'm still confused. I don't see a link to the left, or to the right. :/ But, jagatuba, to answer your question. It is my understanding that a descriptive abstract is a summary of a piece of writing. I found this explanation: "A descriptive abstract outlines the topics covered in a piece of writing so the reader can decide whether to read the entire document. In many ways, the descriptive abstract is like a table of contents in paragraph form. Unlike reading an informative abstract, reading a descriptive abstract cannot substitute for reading the document because it does not capture the content of the piece. Nor does a descriptive abstract fulfill the other main goals of abstracts as well as informative abstracts do. For all these reasons, descriptive abstracts are less and less common. Check with your instructor or the editor of the journal to which you are submitting a paper for details on the appropriate type of abstract for your audience." Here is an example of a descriptive abstract. Notice that it gives the basic facts, but without any details or statistics: "Bonanza Creek LTER [Long Term Ecological Research] 1997 Annual Progress Report" http://www.lter.alaska.edu/pubs/1997pr.html "We continue to document all major climatic variables in the uplands and floodplains at Bonanza Creek. In addition, we have documented the successional changes in microclimate in 9 successional upland and floodplain stands at Bonanza Creek (BNZ) and in four elevational locations at Caribou-Poker Creek (CPCRW). A sun photometer is operated cooperatively with NASA to estimate high-latitude atmospheric extinction coefficients for remote-sensing images. Electronic data are collected monthly and loaded into a database which produces monthly summaries. The data are checked for errors, documented, and placed on-line on the BNZ Web page. Climate data for the entire state have been summarized for the period of station records and krieged to produce maps of climate zones for Alaska based on growing-season and annual temperature and precipitation." I found this information here: http://writing.colostate.edu/guides/documents/abstract/list5.cfm ... and here: http://writing.colostate.edu/guides/documents/abstract/pop5a.cfm
opps, thought I put the link lol Go here http://writing.colostate.edu/guides/documents/abstract/list5.cfm Start with the link to the right labeled Definition of Abstract. After you read the little bit that is there, go to Purposes for Abstracts. After reading that short paragraph, click on Types of Abstracts link and then click Descriptive Abstract. Read that and then click on the link Example descriptive abstract. If you need help after you finish, let us know
Ha! That's where I got my information, too! 8)
LOL. I think you misunderstood my question. I know how to write an abstract, I do it all the time. What I was having trouble with is describing an object using only abstract descriptive terms as opposed to concrete descriptive terms. For example, here is a description using only concrete descriptive terms (half of my assignment): The suede jacket hung off the back of the wooden chair like the shed skin of a boa constrictor hanging from a tree branch. Wide grey stripes accented the black sleeves from shoulder to wrist and armpit to wrist. The wrists of the sleeves looked constricted with nothing to occupy them because the synthetic fabric collapsed in on itself. The same type of fabric encircled the waist, but simply hung with the unzipped front hanging down either side of the chair. A black shield adorned the back of the jacket and although the body of the jacket was also black, the shield stood out with a three-dimensional quality because of its white outline. On the shield were a pair of white sabers crossed behind the disembodied head of a football player wearing a 1920's era football helmet and an eye-patch over his right eye. The top of the shield contained the word 'RAIDERS' in white capital letters. This was not too hard. Now describing the jacket in abstract details is more difficult. Abstract details are descriptive terms that can mean different things to different people. For example, bright, thick, flexible, warm, etc. I have no trouble using these words in a description, but they always come with concrete terms. I cannot seem to create the description with ONLY abstract terms.
As I looked upon the soft material before me, the darkened color seemed to catch my eye. It was a brushed material similar to a suede garment type, with long flowing slots. My attention then looked upon the shape of a slithering creature which would just find its way through the room. After all of this the sleeves of the suede type jacket came into play with a figure of a slithery snake type shape protruding before me. Within all the appearances of the shadings of color and figures seen, there it stood before me in letters protruding before my eyes. Then as I read the letters I was able to recognize that the soft material was a beautiful suede jacket with the word "Raiders" on it. I don't know if this does anything and I may be wrong but it was fun!!!
Yeah it is fun and difficult. You did good. Except for the terms suede and snake. You did better than I did. This was for ENG/495-Advanced Creative Writing
I only had 4 abstract terms in my concrete description (there's none in the one above because I cut them out), but I had like 10 concrete terms in my abstract description.lol